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Cruz calls Trump a ‘sniveling coward’

In the opening salvos of a two-week fight for Wisconsin, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz called Republican rival Donald Trump a coward after the billionaire threatened to “spill the beans” on the lawmaker’s wife.

High stakes betting: Here’s how to legally gamble on the 2016 race

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It was another primary-night Tuesday at a K Street bar, and the booths were filled with nerds who couldn’t stop talking politics. So goes every night in Washington, but something was different here. The shadowy basement of PJ Clarke’s was brightened by screens — phones, iPads and laptops — in the hands of beer-sippers in rumpled button-downs. They were talking Trump and Cruz, approval ratings and Supreme Court picks — and how it all added up to sweet, sweet money.

Capitol lockdown lifted after gunman shot

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A man with a gun was shot by police Monday afternoon at the Capitol Visitor Center at the U.S. Capitol Complex, according to two District of Columbia police officials. He was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Secret Service won’t allow firearms at GOP Convention

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Secret Service on Monday quashed the hopes of gun rights advocates who were pushing for the open carry of firearms to be allowed at this summer’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Senate Dems propose April hearings on Garland

If Senate Democrats have their way, Supreme Court nominee Merrick B. Garland would sit for confirmation hearings starting in late April and receive an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor about a month later, just before Memorial Day. That is the timeline proposed in a letter sent Monday to Republican leaders by Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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USGS: 7 million Americans at risk of man-made earthquakes

Earthquakes are a natural hazard — except when they’re man-made. The oil and gas industry has aggressively adopted the technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to shatter subsurface shale rock and liberate the oil and gas lurking there. But the process results in tremendous amounts of chemical-laden wastewater, which the industry disposes of by pumping into deep wells.

California deal reached to raise minimum wage

SACRAMENTO — A deal has been reached to raise California’s minimum wage, Gov. Jerry Brown said on Monday, the latest in a wave of minimum wage increases at the state level following a push by Democrats.

Nun who founded cable TV religious network dead at 92

HANCEVILLE, Ala. — Mother Angelica, a soft-spoken nun who dispensed homespun religious and life advice for years on television after founding a cable network, died on Sunday aged 92, officials and religious leaders said.

U.S. immigration agents bust 1,100 suspects in gang sweep

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. immigration agents have arrested more than 1,000 suspects on charges including attempted murder and witness tampering, in a nationwide operation aimed at international gangs, officials said on Monday.

California isn’t using blood data in Exide battery plant cleanup

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The state of California has blood test results showing high levels of lead in children living near the closed Exide battery plant in Vernon, southeast of downtown Los Angeles, but is not using the information to direct its cleanup of lead-contaminated homes and yards.

Sanders wins Alaska, Wash.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders easily won nominating contests in Alaska and Washington on Saturday, chipping away at front-runner Hillary Clinton’s commanding lead in the race to pick the party’s candidate for the White House.

Deal reached to boost California’s minimum wage

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers and labor unions have struck a tentative deal to raise the statewide minimum wage to $10.50 an hour next year and then gradually to $15, averting a costly political campaign this fall and possibly putting California at the forefront of a national movement.

US officials extend emergency water assistance for Flint, Michigan

FLINT, Mich. — Federal officials have extended an emergency declaration for Flint that has provided supplies of bottled water, filters and test kits to the Michigan city suffering from lead contamination in drinking water, the state governor said on Friday.

U.S. indicts Iranians for hacking dozens of banks, dam

WASHINGTON, D.C./BOSTON — Seven Iranian hackers conducted a coordinated cyber attack on dozens of U.S. banks, causing millions of dollars in lost business, and tried to shut down a New York dam, the U.S. government said on Thursday in an indictment that for the first time accused individuals tied to another country of trying to disrupt critical infrastructure.